Current Positions

Professor of Political Science

Department of Political Science

Director, Research Projects

Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

Fulbright, Marshall and Truman Programs Advisor

University of Akron

Akron, OH


 Research Interests:

  • Public opinion
  • Security Studies
  • Terrorism studies
  • Public support for Islamist militancy
  • Attitudes towards security issues
  • Attitudes towards economic issues

Research Experience

  • Directed a university-based survey research center specializing in political research
  • Conducted multiple phone surveys with the center's 24 station CATI lab
  • Ran web-based surveys with multiple platforms
  • Principle investigator in several domestic and international public opinion projects
  • Created innovative survey instruments and sampling methods
  • Ran surveys in difficult security and political environments

Current and Recent Projects

Al Qaeda

“The Foundations of Public Support for Al Qaeda.” With William Miller. In progress.

Incentives for Islamist Militancy

“The Rationality of Radical Islam.” with Quintan Wiktorowicz. Political Science Quarterly. Vol 121, 2006, No. 2, pp. 295-319.

(Reprinted in Demetrios James Caraley and Loren Morales Kando, eds. Terrorist Attacks and Nuclear Proliferation: Strategies for Overlapping Dangers. (New York: The Academy of Political Science, 2007; reprinted in Daniel Byman and Marylena Mantas eds. Religion, Democracy, and Politics in the Middle East. New York: The Academy of Political Science, 2012). PDF

Pakistani Attitudes toward Islamist Militancy

“The Drone War: Pakistani Public Opposition to American Drone Strikes in Pakistan." With Christine Fair and William Miller.  Political Science Quarterly. (Forthcoming)  PDF

“The Sources of Pakistani Attitudes toward Religiously-motivated Terrorism,” with Will Miller, Steve Ceccoli and Ron Gelleny.  2010. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Vol. 33, No. 9, pp. 815-835. PDF

“Pakistani Anti-Americanism: Religion or Sovereignty?” In progress.

Iranian Attitudes toward Nuclear Weapons and International Cooperation

“Iranians and the Bomb: Elite Cues and Support and Opposition to the Development of Nuclear Weapons” with Christine Fair and William Miller. Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. (Forthcoming).  PDF

“Iranians and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.” With Christine Fair and William Miller. Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Forthcoming). PDF 

“Busting Out?: Iranian Public Opinion toward the NPT.”  Non-Proliferation Review.  Vol. 20, Issue 1, 2013.  That is with Chris Fair and Will Miller. PDF.

Social Trust and International Cooperation

“The Trust Syndrome: Generalized Trust and Support for European Integration.” With William Miller and Sarah Poggione. In progress.

“Social Trust and Public Support for Trade Liberalization.” With William Miller. International Studies Quarterly (Forthcoming).  PDF

Auxiliary Tables for “Social Trust and Public Support for Trade Liberalization.”  PDF

Social Trust and Partisanship

“The Polarized American: Views on Humanity and the Sources of Hyperpartisanship”  with Will Miller. December 2012. American Behavioral Scientist. Vol. 56 No. 12, pp. 1718 - 1734.  PDF

Social Trust and Fears of Terrorism

“Terrorism and Opposition to Immigration.” With William Miller. In progress.

“The Social Sources of Fears of Terrorism.”  With William Miller. In progress. PDF